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Abusir & Abu Gorab: Sun Temples

Abusir & Abu Gorab - The Places

Sun or Solar Temples are dedicated only to the reverence of the Sun God, Ra and the Pharaoh seems to have needed to have this added to his usual Mortuary Temple worshipping complex in order to achieved what he needed to reach the “best” version of his Afterlife.

This was brought into action by 6 or 7 Pharaohs who all reigned during the 5th Dynasty. The temples were all erected in the Old Kingdom Period until Pharaoh Akhenaten awakened the principle with his Sun Temple inside Karnak Temple, Thebes.

Sun Temple of Pharaoh Nyuserre

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Why Sun Temples?

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Sun Temple of Pharaoh Userkaf

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